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Carol

Columbus, OH, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 18 reviews
  • 185 ratings
  • 1421 titles in library
  • 193 purchased in 2014
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  • Guernica: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Dave Boling
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Calling to mind such timeless war-and-love classics as Corelli's Mandolin and The English Patient, Guernica is a transporting novel that thrums with the power of storytelling and is peopled with characters driven by grit and heart.

    Ann Diggins says: "Wonderful and heartbreaking"
    "Enjoyed the story and learned something"
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    While this is a book of fiction, it told a very real story of an event in WWII and its profound impact on those who lived in Guernica. The characters were well drawn and I felt the tragedy they suffered. I'm glad I listened to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Andrew Miller
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    By 1785, deep in the heart of Paris, the city's oldest cemetery is overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young, provincial engineer charged by the king with demolishing it. At first Baratte sees this as a chance to clear the burden of history, a fitting task for a modern man of reason. But before long, he begins to suspect that the destruction of the cemetery might be a prelude to his own.

    marsha says: "This book is exquisite"
    "Engrossing, entertaining, but weird"
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    I am really glad I listened to this book. At first, I thought the author wrote it strictly from his head. But in the epilogue, I discovered it was a fictionalized real event. That made it even more meaningful to me. So, it is historical fiction (late 18th century), a love story, a bit of mystery. The main character, John-Baptiste, an engineer, was given the job of demolishing a very old cemetery in Paris. He designed the process and supervised the project. While Parisians weren't very happy about what happened to their families who were buried there, I couldn't help but think about the contrast with the kind of conflict a similar project caused in my city. Watching John-Baptiste grow and change made me feel quite close to him. Other characters weren't developed as much as his.

    Supernatural eeriness was not part of this story. However, the weirdness of digging up thousands of bodies, (often no coffins or very flimsy ones) was enough.

    This was a good story, a bit on the weird side, that was satisfying and provided a good look at 18th century Paris.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (339)

    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

    Simone says: "Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??"
    "Quite a woman!"
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    Nancy was a spy during WWII. She had never imagined she would do such a thing. But she was in the right places at the right times to be recruited for this job. She had a distinctive flare and was quite good at misleading the enemy. This book presents Nancy as almost an urchin growing up in Australia, but with great intelligence and drive. She was glad to give up her childhood and eagerly embraced the glamorous prewar life in Europe. With her looks and love of fashion, she was attractive and met many notable people. In her role as spy, she accomplished a great deal for the Allies and for the role of women in the military.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12390)
    Performance
    (11354)
    Story
    (11420)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Sad but satisfying"
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    I became quite attached to the characters in this story. They were dealing with tragic circumstances, but did so with courage and humor. Dealing with terminal illness as a young person is an all too common experience. For many, simply getting the diagnosis could mean the end of joy, maturing, and loving. But John Green showed how these teens went on living their lives in spite of their illnesses. I'm glad I listened - I came away feeling sad, but also glad to have been a part of their lives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crossing to Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (240)

    One of the finest American authors of the 20th century, Wallace Stegner compiled an impressive collection of accolades during his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a National Book Award, and three O. Henry Awards. His final novel, Crossing to Safety is the quiet yet stirring tale of two couples that meet during the Great Depression and form a lifelong bond.

    Melissa says: "This is life"
    "More than a feel good story"
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    I found this book to be what other reviewers said - a satisfying and moving description of a life long friendship between two couples. But I also saw more: these couples had experiences and tragedies that changed and molded them in unique ways. How they reacted was really the heart of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brimstone: Pendergast, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1296)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1141)

    Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of brimstone is everywhere... and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered - their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death - the world begins to wonder if the Devil has, in fact, come to collect his due.

    Gary says: "Be very aware of Pendergast"
    "A little disappointing"
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    Listened to Fever Dream first, and this one next. Maybe my expectations were too high, but did not enjoy Brimstone nearly as much. The plot was interesting, but not compelling and I did not like the ending.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Troubled Man: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (270)

    Håkan von Enke, a retired naval officer, disappears during a walk in a forest near Stockholm. Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation, but he is personally affected—von Enke is his daughter’s father-in-law—and Wallander is soon interfering in matters that are not his responsibility. He is confounded by the information he uncovers, which hints at elaborate Cold War espionage.

    Rebecca says: "I'd expect nothing less..."
    "A strong subplot in this book"
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    Overall, I liked this book. The main plot was entertaining and kept me guessing. I liked how it turned out. The subplot, which had the most impact, left me feeling sad and dissatisfied.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5106)
    Performance
    (2204)
    Story
    (2200)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Like this book a lot"
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    This is the way I like to learn history. I actually researched some of the incidents in this book to see if I was getting a pretty good picture of what actually happened. The characters were well developed and I really liked all of them. While the plot was pretty good, it became a little unbelievable toward the end. Very dramatic throughout with a well rounded presentation of many differing characters and their motivations. This is the first narration by Scott Brick that I liked. He did not use the sarcastic, condescending voice that I have heard from him before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A is for Alibi: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (409)

    This is the first in the popular series featuring California investigator Kinsey Millhone. She's 32, twice divorced, no kids, an ex-cop who likes her work...and who works strictly alone!

    Gene says: "Poorly Narrated"
    "Very poor narrator"
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    A pretty good story, but the execution of both the narration and the writing made this just so, so. Sue Grafton definitely matured in her writing skills as she continued with this series. The narrator was just not appropriate for this type of novel - a very "down home" sound and way too cute. However, the plot was good and kept me guessing, making the book worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7062)
    Performance
    (5012)
    Story
    (5002)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Very Engrossing"
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    This is the way I like to learn history: as collateral to an engrossing story. I am counting on the author's research in this. The lives of slaves in the 18th century South were depicted realistically, showing how the arbitrary and sometimes brutal decisions by their masters affected individuals and families. However, even kind, well-meaning masters provided an existence for their slaves that severely limited self-expression and growth. All this was wound around the life of an Irish orphan girl's experiences as an indentured servant and her eventual development into a free woman. Most of the characters were well developed, interesting, and very human. A few peripheral characters who were, however, essential to the story, were a little fuzzy. The readers were outstanding and made the story come to life. I enjoyed this book a lot AND feel that I learned a lot. What a deal!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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